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How to Celebrate Sankranti With Kids?

Makar Sankranti 2022: Why is Makar Sankranti Celebrated? How to Celebrate Sankranti With Kids? 

Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival dedicated to worship Lord Surya. Know the significance of Makar Sankranti, and why it is celebrated.

 

Festivals are one of the best ways to teach the children about the culture and the associated traditions. Our country, India, is a land of myriad festivals and Makar Sankranti is one of them.

On the 14th or 15th of January each year, Hindus celebrate Makar Sankranti. The harvest season comes to an end, and spring officially begins. It is a time for farmers to give thanks to nature for a good harvest. The beginning of a time of peace, prosperity, and kindness is generally how it is portrayed.

Additionally, the event marks the end of winter and the start of a fresh harvest season. It has a connection to both the season and religion. One of the holiest days in the Hindu calendar, it is Sankranti.

 

History of Makar Sankranti

Sankranti is revered as a Deity. According to mythology, Sankranti killed the devil Sankarasur. The day after Makar Sankrant is known as Karidin or Kinkrant. Devi defeated the wicked Kinkarasur on this day.

 

Why is Makar Sankranti Celebrated?

The day of Sankranti is devoted to the Lord Sun. Additionally, it alludes to a particular solar day in the Hindu calendar. The sun moves into the Capricorn or Makar sign on this fortunate day, marking the conclusion of the winter season. The first day of the month of Magh is now. The day of Sankranti is postponed by one day every 80 years. The sun starts its northward or Uttarayan journey on the day of Makar Sankranti. As a result, another name for this celebration is Uttarayan.

 

In the Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah was wounded by arrows and endured pain till Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. He achieved moksha during the Uttarayan era. It is thought that those who pass away on this day acquire moksha.

 

What are the different names of Makar Sankranti?

Every state in India celebrates the Sankranti festival which goes by several names. For instance, Magh Bihu in Assam, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, and Poush Sankranti in West Bengal, Lohri in Northern belts.

 

Common Rituals of Makar Sankranti

  • People often prepare sweet dishes using til/ sesame seeds.
  • To atone for their sins, people immerse themselves in the holy rivers of the Ganges, Yamuna, Krishna, and Godavari.
  • An essential component of this festival is kite flying. People venture outside to sail kites and enjoy the sun's therapeutic rays. Due to the kites being flown, the sky in north India appears to be painted in a variety of hues on this day.

 

How to Celebrate Sankranti Festival with Kids?

  • Inform your children about the Makar Sankranti festival.
  • Make and fly kites with your kids.
  • Include your child in the preparation of delicious foods like ladoos and kheer.
  • Encourage children to make rangoli by being imaginative.
  • On this occasion, visit special fairs and melas from the Magha mela in Uttar Pradesh to the Poush mela in West Bengal.
  • Download wonderLearn app and enjoy Sankrati activities for kids
  • Read Books/ Tell Stories- Reading is one of the best activities that a parent-child can do anytime.

Here are some books that are also available on Amazon:

 

  • Swara's Sankranti (by Prachi & Prajakta)

  • Dad, What Is Sankranti? (by Rakhi Singh)

  • Mom, Tell Me About Makar Sankranti (by Amy Singh)

  • Bola The Festival Kite (by Anitha Rathod)


 

The festival of Makar Sankranti is all about gaiety and abundance. It’s also the festival of hope and expressing gratitude. 

Happy Makar Sankranti!

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